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Screwball comedy bounds back into modern movies

Screwball comedy bounds back into modern movies

We have a couple of screws loose this month at the movies. First there's the wide release of the new Noah Baumbach/Greta Gerwig collaboration, "Mistress America," an intriguing modern variation on screwball high comedy of an earlier time. It's not high-velocity slapstick screwball; rather, it owes a little bit to Philip Barry ("Holiday") and a little bit to John Hughes, and even Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild," though without the part where Ray Liotta is trying to kill Jeff Daniels. Then there's "She's Funny That Way," arriving next week for an Aug. 28-Sept. 3 run at the Gene Siskel Film Center. This is director and...

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